Perspectives on Heritage Tourism

Compilation Papers 2010

With a number of prominent World Heritage Sites in the region, and the overall vibrancy of its cultures, traditions, and histories, Southeast Asia is no doubt one of the top heritage destinations in the world.  As such, heritage tourism has become a massive industry that provides jobs, stimulates businesses, and develops infrastructure, among other economic contributions to the countries in the region.

Perspectives on Heritage Tourism contains papers and case studies of noteworthy initiatives that discuss some of the issues relating to the impact of tourism.  The majority of the papers highlight the strong potential of community-led heritage management as well as the importance of facilitating partnerships among stakeholders.  Among the range of topics covered include promotion of culture-based creative industries in indigenous communities.  To show the broad scope of heritage tourism, a paper from the Philippines offers examples of community-based tourism in the Philippines.  Another paper highlights the efforts of heritage managers in reviving the once vibrant court traditions in Hue, Vietnam.  Additionally, suggestions on how to develop multi-disciplinary university courses on heritage tourism are outlined.  Most of the diverse perspectives present the key message that the management of heritage tourism can be improved if authorities work with the community to strengthen ownership and participation.

Heritage administrators, policy-makers, local groups, communities, businesses, educational and research institutions, and the various stakeholders in the heritage tourism industry will find that the experiences, insights and recommendations detailed in this collection may influence them to be innovative in managing heritage for tourism in their own contexts.